Italian concept with South American roots lands in Florida

Spoleto, a chain of Italian restaurants in Brazil, Mexico and Costa Rica, will open in Orlando in January.


Pie Five CEO: Fast casual pizza 'solves a problem for consumers'

Exec's intention is to become the "leading, preeminent fast casual brand in the pizza space."

CEO: Pie Five will 'change the way people think of pizza'

Pizza Inn's sister concept celebrates first anniversary as part of the growing fast casual space.

Fast Casual releases 2012 Top 100 Movers & Shakers

The Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers ranks the top concepts, people, technology, menu and innovation trends that impacted the segment in 2011.

Piada: Fast casual Italian style

The fast casual concept has a menu focused on Italian street food.

Hot Italian serves up high style sustainability

While the restaurant industry is among the slowest to go green, Hot Italian proves LEED certification is red hot.

Pizza Executive Summit 2011 announces speakers, agenda

The Pizza Executive Summit, an exclusive executive-only event produced by NetWorld Alliance and hosted by, has finalized its keynote speaker, presenters and agenda. The third annual Summit is scheduled for June 26-28 in Chicago at the Sofitel Water Tower....

Of mice and men … and pizzerias

Business ethics, or lack of them, apparently has made its way into the world of pizza in a Philadelphia suburb. A pizzeria owner had a problem with mice that, for whatever reason, he blamed on two competitors in the neighborhood.

Squisito's dives into franchising

After more than 12 years, the concept is ready to spread throughout the East Coast.  

Four score: Loop Pizza Grill testing variety-friendly deal

As major chains continue to battle it out in the unending $10 pizza wars, some smaller systems are quietly flexing their own competitive price advantages. One such company, The Loop Pizza Grill, is testing a deal that entails four 8-inch...

Local: The ins, the outs and the details

We hear the term local tossed around pretty loosely nowadays. While it's popping up on just about everything with a price tag (local business, locally owned, locally operated, locally whatever), there is no place more popular to tout the term local than in food.    And with good reason.

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Fazoli's salutes Franchisee and Supplier of the Year

Texas-based PastaQuik and Southern Bakeries are recognized for achievements.

Buffalo Wild Wings expands pizza business

Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. has expanded its pizza business by opening its second PizzaRev location.

Pie Five finds a home in the Midwest

Pie Five Pizza Co. is set to open the first of seven stores expected in the Midwest on Aug.

Fazoli's offering discounts to summer campers

Fazoli's announced recently a special discount for summer campers. Every Saturday in July, parents presenting a picture of their child at summer camp or children wearing their summer camp shirts can purchase a kids meal for 99 cents.

Fresh-made pasta concept opening in London next week

Scarpetta, a new Italian fast casual concept featuring fresh-made pasta, announced plans to open in London on July 7. "Though we are introducing a new type of healthy fresh pasta we are really trying to emulate the reality of Italy’s...

DOPO set to open in Salt Lake City

DOPO, an Italian fast casual concept restaurant, will open at The Gateway in Salt Lake City this August. A company press release described DOPO, which means "next" in Italian, as an upscale, live music-oriented restaurant. "The 'Italian Diaspora' was the...

Eggheadz LLC set to launch Strati Wild Italian fast casual concept

Eggheadz LLC recently announced plans to open Strati Wild Italian, a new fast casual Italian restaurant. According to Business First, an August opening is planned at 1702 Bardstown Road, Louisville, Ky., with a goal of opening six additional locations within...

Blaze Pizza to grow nationally after successful launch

California-based Blaze Pizza has expanded its franchise growth plans based on the success of the company's first two locations. Sales at Blaze Pizza's Irvine, Calif., location are exceeding expectations, with consistent long lines at both lunch and dinner, according to...

Fazoli's names winners of Pasta Art Contest

To celebrate World Pasta Day, Oct. 25, Fazoli's has named the winners of its Pasta Art Contest, which kicked off in September and was held at schools throughout the country. The $2,500 grand prize winner was the third grade class at Pedersen Elementary in Altoona, Wisc.

Hard Knox Pizzeria partners with BBI to expand nationwide

Beautiful Brands International (BBI) has announced a joint venture with Dean and Jill Bastian to develop and franchise Hard Knox Pizza, located in Knoxville, Tenn. Hard Knox Pizzeria will be positioned as a fast casual, authentic gourmet pizza concept with...

Squisito NY Pizza and Pasta opens first franchised restaurant

Husband and wife partners, Michele and Gennaro DiMeo, owners of Maryland-based Squisito NY Pizza & Pasta, have opened their first franchised location. The fast casual Italian brand joined forces with Fransmart, the franchise development company behind brands such as Five...

PizzaRev expands 'create your own' concept

PizzaRev, a Los Angeles-based artisanal pizza concept, has opened its new Studio City restaurant location along Ventura Boulevard's "Restaurant Row." At PizzaRev, guests can create their own custom pizza from the more than 30 available toppings for $7.95. The pizzas...

Fazoli's sets all-time sales record in August

Fazoli's announced that its August sales broke an all-time company record. Company unit sales were up 3.4 percent over last year, making it the 25th consecutive month of comp-store sales increases. Franchise restaurants reported positive August sales of 4.2 percent, making it the 26th month in a row for comp-store sales growth.

Pie Five launches Southwestern-inspired pizza

Pie Five Pizza Co. has added the Hatch Chile Pie to menus.

Fast casual concept PizzaRev eyes California expansion

PizzaRev, a new Los Angeles-based fast casual artisanal pizza concept from music industry veterans Irv Zuckerman and Rodney Eckerman, is set to expand across Los Angeles County in the coming months. The duo opened PizzaRev Northridge (Calif.) in early April...

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